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“History in Every Step”

Pioneer Memorial Museum
Ranked #46 of 166 things to do in Salt Lake City
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Museum containing memorabilia from the age of the American pioneers.
Reviewed July 14, 2012

I have visited this museum with school children over 20 times, and with my children and grandchildren as well. There is so much to see if you are interested in Utah Pioneer artifacts, documents, and photographs: Clothing, furniture, tools, weapons, linens, china, eyeglasses, dolls, musical instruments . . . it's all here. There are not interactive displays. It has changed little in fifty years. For history buffs and researchers, the docents can help locate specific articles. Each item is numbered and cataloged. If you go with children, be sure to ask for their scavenger hunt. It will take you on a fun adventure through the museum. Don't miss the restored fire engine (not a Pioneer relic but a "Wow!" to see). I discover something new and interesting every time I walk through. It's free and open daily Monday through Saturday. Bring a picnic lunch and eat on the State Capitol grounds (right across the street). Spend an hour or two at the museum and then take a 45 minute free guided tour of the Utah State Capitol. The parking is free, and the sites are very interesting and family friendly.

3  Thank Bob836
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Reviewed June 29, 2012 via mobile

Beyong the cavorted wagons, an incredibly restored 1902 fire engine, one finds relics of the pioneer past. Wilfored Woodruff's cane from Carthage jail, Brigham Young's blood stone talisman and many other items. The display from "Amelia's palace" was fascinating.

1  Thank Krwman
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Reviewed April 14, 2012

This is actually the Daughters of the Utah Pioneer's Pioneer Memorial Museum, which houses an extremely extensive collection of memorabilia from pioneers of all faiths that have come to Utah. The museum is free to visitors, but they do request a donation. Once you meet one of the volunteers, all of whom are descendants of Utah pioneers, and see the amazing collection, you will want to donate more on the way out. Trust me. There is also an area of archives at the museum where you can find information about your ancestors if they happen to be Utah pioneers. There is a volunteer in this area, and for a small fee, she will copy the information and you can take it home for further reading and study. The collection ranges from elaborate pioneer "hair art" popular in the 1800s to one of Utah's first Fire Trucks. The walls are lined with pictures of actual pioneers who settled the State of Utah. It's hard not to pause and look at them all, but if you are like me and love history, it will take you hours to get through the museum. An interesting note, the museum building is rumored to be haunted and there have been strange images caught on the security cameras. I have to admit to a shiver or two when I've been alone in the doll room or down in the basement area looking at the horse drawn carriages by myself. The museum is truly a very special experience and I highly recommend it to anyone interested in Utah's history.

4  Thank WenSLC
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Reviewed February 9, 2012

The museum recently experienced an interior renovation that transformed the space from a tired old museum to a bright and inviting series of displays. The collection is unique, focused on pioneer artifacts associated with people and places prior to the coming of the railroad. Not every exhibit will interest you; there's a lot of fabric and doll collections that were not so interesting to me, but they have a great collection of old guns. Their art collection is worth seeing, as is their random collections of Utah historical knick knacks, old books and pioneer histories. Of special note and value: if you have a Utah pioneer in your heritage they may have a photo of him/her. They will sell you a digital copy pretty cheaply. They also have some fabulous old maps of Salt Lake City in different time periods. I wish they would make copies and sell them because they are so interesting.

4  Thank Steven B
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Reviewed February 2, 2012

This musuem is full of many interesting pioneer treasures. I really like that the museum has some of the possessions and even a lock of hair from my great-grandmother who lived to be 108, Utah's last living pioneer who crossed the plains.

3  Thank neh11
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